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Housing policy approved

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Conservative proposals to offer new tax incentives to councils to build more houses would make some difference to the national housing shortage, the ComRes/LGC survey shows.

The party’s Control Shift green paper proposed that a Tory government would match the additional council tax raised by each authority for six years after a house is built.

Conservative councillors are the most enthusiastic, with 41% saying the plan would make it more likely that their council would approve more house building.

Meanwhile, 22% of Labour members and 18% of Liberal Democrats say the same thing. In all, 31% of councillors said more houses were likely to be built by their authority.

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